Yoga is an ancient methodology passed down through the ages to reach the ultimate understanding of who we are. This half day workshop brings together different branches of yoga from the East to bring you back to where you belong: here and now.
The word “yoga" has been commonly used in modern times to describe what mainly is a bodily practice of postures and flexibility. But with awareness, yoga extends beyond our physical body to our mental body, and then to the subtler meditative layers of our being to ultimately reach our centre of eternal peace, love and bliss.
Sonya has designed this workshop to help you to access your natural meditative self in a way that is simple, yet deeply effective and nourishing.
The half day will consist of:
Chanting - together we will chant a simple but powerful Sanskrit mantra to calm our senses and allow our wandering minds to settle Breath work - Pranayama detoxifies the physical and mental layers of our being and rhythmical breathing exercises can bring us to a state of energised stillness.
Yoga - Hatha Yoga practices, (suitable for all body types) reinstates the flow of prana (energy) to areas of deep tension and holding. By bringing loving awareness to our body and away from our thoughts, we can reinvigorate and rebalance the entire body-mind system.
Silent Sitting - an opportunity to access a more profound and settled state of being. Sitting with a mood of inner inquiry is at once beautiful, effortless and revealing. And in the collective presence of each other our experience can become much deeper.
This will culminate in a deep yoga flow incorporating all these elements. All levels of experience welcome.
Sonya Kumar – 7 years of intense yoga practice and teacher training in the UK and India has led Sonya to teach this holistic yoga to all in workshops, classes and retreats. Parallel to her Yoga journey, Sonya has explored the effects of mantra chanting on the body mind connection. The chanting of the mantras in the form of devotional kirtan (music meditation) deeply resonates in her spiritual practice and she has become one of the few female mrdangam (Indian drum) players in the world. Sonya regularly shares Saadho kirtans in the UK, Europe and India, taking people on a journey to deep inner silence through mantra and kirtan. Over the past 5 years Sonya has travelled to India regularly to deepen her practice and to lead workshops and retreats on mantra movement and meditation. Together with friends in India and the UK she is building a community eco-system for spiritually aligned seekers which she is spearheading in the UK. Sonya was also a practicing commercial property lawyer in the UK before deciding to pour her full life energies into sharing body movement, mantra and meditation.
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